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Be Kind Movement

Be Kind Movement’s (BKM) aims to promote the development emotional intelligence skills in children and young people through the education of Kindness.

www.bekindmovement.co.uk/

Charity

Registered charity no. 1161876

Member since September 2020

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Support us! Digital Resource for Children's Mental Health on Aviva

Support us! Digital Resource for Children's Mental Health on Aviva

Support us by donating on Aviva: https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/bkm-itsy-educational-app (Closing date: 12nn, 23 Mar 2021) We are raising funding to finance the production of Be Kind Movement (BKM)'s first interactive digital resource - ITSY Digital!  Watch our 6 animation episodes on the theme of bullying and DONATE NOW to power the creation of our ITSY digital educational resource that:

-supports children's mental health and emotional well being significantly impacted by Covid restrictions and lockdown;

-develops their learning and practical application of Kindness;

-builds their Emotional Intelligence (EQ) skills.

The situation faced by children

If the UK was suffering from a mental health crises previously, it is now sitting on a ticking time bomb simply because the mental and emotional ramifications will far outlast the pandemic. The fear for COVID-19, national lockdown and separation from peers has created an extremely isolating and anxiety-inducing world for children and young people. Our January 2021 survey indicated loneliness, social pressure, domestic issues and anxiety as the top 4 challenges facing children today. According to Ofsted, the number of children being home-schooled during the pandemic has reached more than 75,000, which shows a 38% increase since last year. Many parents have removed their children mainly out of fear about the virus rather than a genuine desire for home education.

Kindness in School Programme (KISP)

KISP is an early intervention and prevention tool that prepares children and young people for the challenges they face as children today, and as adults tomorrow. Our experiential and creative workshops, inspired by Swedish based phenomenal learning system, involve students watching high impact short form visual content, engaging in thought-provoking discussions, role plays, games, and cooperative learning activities with an emphasis on Kindness to Self and Kindness to Others. Click here to watch the impact of our workshops.

Our workshops, based on 10 kindness values, reinforce attitudes and practical action relating to Kindness to Yourself and Kindness to Others and such activities help develop and nurture happy, well rounded individuals with skills for life who are productive members of communities.

What is the project idea?

We are aiming to build a digital educational portal where an animated ITSY, the friendly neighbourhood spider, guides, reassures, provides tips and resources to children on a variety of issues such as body image, racism, anxiety, social pressures etc

The educational resource is aimed at children:

-who’ve previously participated in our workshops where we've screened and discussed ITSY the short film. Now we'd be introducing them to an animated ITSY and expand the kindness values beyond classroom;

-who’ve not participated previously in our workshops and for whom this would be a novel fun interactive introduction to an animated ITSY;

-who've been home learning (pre-Covid), a market that has virtually doubled since Covid,

The goal is to build mental resilience and emotional well being, underpinned by the 10 values of kindness, in a safe and creative space.

Watch our 7 mins animation here!

If this project sounds exciting and meaningful to you, please watch our video of the first draft of the animations above which deals with bullying. From the grant funds we have raised to date, VFX & AR company Bamsound Creative will animate these episodes to an augmented reality (AR) setting and Head 2 Heart Books will be tweaking the dialogues to make these child friendly. We will then be piloting the scheme with children and their feedback will refine the animations further.

Your contribution will help!

Your contribution will help to finance the development and build of new characters, themes and storylines, working with children's publisher, Head 2 Heart Books, that focus on our10 values of kindness (empathy, courage, integrity, respect, gratitude, mindfulness, resilience, responsible, care, and compassion).

If you feel as passionately about this project as we do, please also share this page with your friends and family so that more people can understand and support the mental health needs of our children especially during a tough and challenging year.

About Be Kind Movement

At Be Kind Movement, we are committed to educating the hearts and minds of children and young people through promoting 10 values of kindness that helps them to develop Emotional Intelligence (EQ) skills for life. This means embedding very early on a culture of kindness in young minds to encourage them to consider how kindness (or lack of it) can impact them and the world around them that includes friends, families, and the wider community.

Be Kind Movement's Online Auction is over. A huge thank you to our generous donors and bidders!

Be Kind Movement's Online Auction is over. A huge thank you to our generous donors and bidders!

Our Online Auction is now over! Everyone at Be Kind Movement would like to extend a huge thank you to all the donors that kindly donated items and experiences at our auction!

Kindness During Christmas Campaign

Kindness During Christmas Campaign

Help bring a smile to a disadvantaged child's face this Christmas by giving a present when they otherwise would not receive one.

Donate to us via: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/kindness-during-christmas

If we exceed our original fundraising target of £1500, additional funds raised will be used

1. To print and include Kindness Journal into children's goody bag - along the lines of our school resources: https://www.bekindmovement.co.uk/school-resources

2. An extra £1000 will enable us to run Kindness workshops to approximately 500 vulnerable children from low income and deprived areas of Wandsworth. These group of children would especially benefit from experiencing the Kindness workshops that:

  • Inspire them to be kind to themselves

  • Empower them to have faith in humanity - in the power of people coming together to help each other out in challenging times

  • Allow them to share their kindness and compassion with others who need it the most.

Be Kind Movement

Be Kind Movement was established in 2015 by Premila Puri who experienced the effects that a culture lacking in kindness can have on young people. As a child, Premila was bullied, a traumatic and demeaning experience that stayed with her, and eventually led her to set up Be Kind Movement.

What Do We Do?

At Be Kind Movement, we are committed to educating the hearts and minds of children and young people through promoting 10 values of kindness that helps them to develop Emotional Intelligence (EQ) skills for life. This means embedding very early on a culture of kindness in young minds to encourage them to consider how kindness (or lack of it) can impact them and the world around them that includes friends, families, and the wider community.

Our Kindness in Schools Programme is an early intervention and prevention tool that prepares children and young people for the challenges they face as children today, and as adults tomorrow. Our experiential and creative workshops involve students watching high impact short form visual content, engaging in thought-provoking discussions, role plays, games, and cooperative learning activities with an emphasis on Kindness to Self and Kindness to Others. Click here to read the impact of our workshops.

Spreading Kindness During Christmas

Christmas is an extremely challenging time for those who suffer from existing mental health disorders, and this is significantly prevalent among young people and children in the UK:

In England, 1 in 8 children from ages 5-19 had a diagnosable mental health disorder in 2018. This is roughly 1 in 3 children in every classroom

Anxiety and depression were found to be the most common, affecting 1 in 12, and more prevalent amongst girls

Half of these problems manifest themselves by the age of 14, and in 2017, suicide was the most common cause of death for both boys and girls ages between 5 and 19

Whilst these statistics show the scale of the mental health crisis faced by a significant number of young people, the festive period can also be particularly triggering for those who do not typically suffer from mental health disorders. The reality for many of us at Christmas is that the shorter days, pressure to always be upbeat and happy through difficult family situations can make the festive period a particularly challenging time. It has been found that a quarter of the population feel that Christmas negatively impacts their mental health, three in ten people experience anxiety and a quarter experience depression.

For families with children especially those living in low income areas the financial impact of the Coronavirus is likely to cause further strain both mentally and physically this Christmas.

Join us to Ensure No Child Goes Without a Gift this Xmas!

Be Kind Movement aims to spread Christmas cheer by providing presents to the most disadvantaged children living in deprived areas within Wandsworth, where the charity is based.

We believe that if we fail to invest in improving children’s emotional well-being especially during this pandemic, we risk facing a serious crisis when issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm escalate in the future inflicting significant damage to a child’s emotional well-being and mental health in the long term.

Our partnership with local community groups allows us to identify and reach the most vulnerable children and ensure they do not go without a gift this Christmas.

The Impact of Your Donation

Your generous donations can help us vulnerable children in the following way:

£10 buys one gift for one primary school child aged 6-11 years;

£15 buys one amazon voucher for one secondary school child aged 12-16 years.

We would love to reach over 1000 such children and your donation can help us hit and exceed our financial target.

Your involvement will make such a difference to the family emotional equilibrium and bring joy to a vulnerable child in Wandsworth, who otherwise would not receive a gift this Christmas.

How Would You Feel If Your Child Went Without a Gift This Christmas?

Please Donate . Together Lets Spread Kindness this Christmas!

Please support us by donating a £ or % of your product or service sales to Be Kind Movement.

kindnessmatters- Inspire them to be kind to themselves

  • Empower them to have faith in humanity - in the power of people coming together to help each other out in challenging times

  • Allow them to share their kindness and compassion with others who need it the most.